An 8 Session Program in Bangalow, Thursday evenings, April 28 – June 16

Facilitated by James Bennett-Levy
Assisted by Judy Rankin.

Do you sometimes (or often) find yourself being overly self-critical? anxious? feeling not quite good enough? angry? distressed at the hard time you are giving yourself?… sound familiar? The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program has been developed by leading compassion writers/researchers A/Prof. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer from the USA. The MSC program teaches the skills of motivating oneself/others with (self-)compassion, mindfulness and kindness rather than self-criticism.

MSC is an evidence-based self-experiential 8 week program, the purpose of which is to create a different (kinder) relationship with yourself, and to learn the skills of self-compassion. So many people in western society have learned to be hard on themselves – relentlessly self-critical, expecting themselves to excel in every dimension, enough is never enough. For those suffering from depression or anxiety, the self-criticism sometimes extends to self-disgust, self-loathing, and self-hatred. The MSC program is purposely experiential (rather than conceptual) – because self-compassion isn’t a ‘head thing’, it’s something we need to embody. Compassion is an orientation, a motivation and a set of embodied skills. As the Dalai Lama has said, compassion is about sensitivity to suffering (mindfulness) and the desire or motivation to alleviate it (compassion).

Full details can be found here